Steve Owens

Steve Owens

Steve Owens was born in Gore Oklahoma, and grew up playing football in Miami, OK. He attended the University of Oklahoma from 1965 to 1969 and like other male students of his time was active in the Army ROTC program. On the football field, he became OU’s all time leading scorer with 55 touchdowns and the 3rd overall career rusher with 4,041 yards. He was a two-time All American and winner of the 1969 Heisman Trophy. Owens was drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions in 1970 in the first round and in 1971 became the first Lion to rush for over 1,000 yards and made a pro bowl appearance. Owens went on to serve as the OU Athletic Director in the 1990’s and is still very active on campus and in the Norman community. He is currently the CEO of Steve Owens and Associates and is the founder of the Norman and Miami Public Schools foundations as well as the Steve Owens Foundation benefiting the Thunderbird Clubhouse a recovery center for adults living with mental illness. Steve is an active member of the OU Football Letterman’s Association, and a strong supporter of the Army ROTC Department.

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